Rugby World Cup 2015: Wales’ injury nightmare continues with Scott Williams

Centre Scott Williams and wing Hallam Amos suffered knee and shoulder injuries, respectively, during the stirring 28-25 Pool A victory over World Cup hosts England at Twickenham.


Wales finished the game with two scrum-halves and two out-halves in the backline, but sealed the deal.

England had led for much of the Pool A game until a late Dan Biggar penalty, one of 23 points for the inspired fly half, put the Welsh ahead with only a few minutes remaining.

Rugby Football Union chairman Bill Beaumont has called upon the nation to get behind Chris Robshaw and the rest of the England team after Saturday’s dramatic defeat to Wales at the World Cup.

Moody played 71 Tests for England between 2001 and 2011 and was on the field when Jonny Wilkinson slotted a drop goal to secure the World Cup against Australia in 2003. Even going in to the game, people knew that we had a few world-class players missing.

Wood got the all clear earlier on Monday from the citing commissioner, only receiving a warning so he is able to play in the must win game against Australia on Saturday – leaving Wales attack coach Rob Howley to handle the matter diplomatically.

An unlikely break on the left wing by substitute Lloyd Williams changed everything, however, and his short punt to Gareth Davies who arrived down the centre at the line first gave Wales a lifeline try. We did a good job to stop that driving maul. “Potentially, we could lose more”, he said.

That they emerged victorious represents one of the greatest victories by any team in rugby union history. Now we have to roll our sleeves up.

The main bone of contention in Saturday’s match at Twickenham came when England turned down the opportunity to take the three points after being awarded a penalty shortly after Wales had taken the lead.

“You’ve got to remember what these lads went through in the summer”. When you make the decision as a group to go for the corner, you back it. If it comes off then the decision is brilliant, but it hasn’t turned out that way this time.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika said: “Very few players have the opportunity to play for the Wallabies, let alone at a Rugby World Cup, so from that perspective I’m really gutted for them”.

“I just felt they stopped playing a bit”, he said at an event organised by tournament sponsor MasterCard. It was about cool heads and keeping things ticking over, and the replacements were clinical when they came on.

“I don’t think we will be resting too many players (against Fiji), but obviously that is down to the boss (Gatland)”.


It means England will now have to beat Australia next weekend if they are to have any chance of advancing, but hooker Youngs is staying confident.

Jonathan Joseph playing for England